Domaine de Montille 2017 'Clos du Roi' Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy, France - DECANTsf

Domaine de Montille 2017 'Clos du Roi' Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

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Domaine de Montille 2017 'Clos du Roi' Corton Grand Cru, Burgundy, France

  • Winemaker: Etienne de Montille
  • Varieties: Pinot Noir
  • Farming: Organic Certified, Biodynamic Practicing
  • Terroir: The hill of Corton bridges the divide between the Cote de nuits and the Cotes de Beaune, and is home to the only red Grand Crus of the Cote de Beaune. The esteemed Grand Cru of Clos du Roi sits mid-slope on the eastern section of the hill with South-eastern exposure on Clay-limestone soils.
  • Vinification: 65% whole cluster fermentation. Regarding sulfur, reds have the following: 45-65 mg/l total SO2, 20-25 mg/l free SO2.
  • Aging: Aged in barrel, 50% new oak.

The "Clos du Roi", known as one of the finest of the Crus of Corton, was an ancient holding of the dukes of Burgundy until the death of the last duke, Charles the Bold, in 1477. The vineyard then became the property of the King of France, Louis XI.

  • The storied Domaine de Montille traces its history in Burgundy back to the 1730s. Hubert de Montille took the helm in 1947 with a drive and passion that eventually earned the family a place in the upper echelon of Burgundy estates.
  • Following in his father's footsteps, Etienne de Montille grew the family holdings to 35 hectares and in 1995, took the bold step of transitioning the vineyards to organic and biodynamic farming.
  • One of the rare Burgundy estates that excels in reds and whites in both the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, along with many more sectors of the region with its sister petit negociant project, Maison de Montille (formerly known as DEux Montilles). 
  • The winemaking at de Montille has evolved over the years, and the resulting wines are less austere in their youth than in the Hubert era. Today's wines are fresh and elegant with terroir-transparency and a structure that is built to last.

Domaine de Montille is known to craft wines with great aromatic purity, always favoring balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, produced in the most natural way possible and possessing an impressive ability to age, as the family believes only time can reveal the true potential of the greatest wines. The domaine's current style remains faithful to Hubert's natural and idealistic approach, which demanded considerable patience while waiting for appropriate drinking windows for certain vintages. Etienne, however, has taken up the task to bring greater aromatic expression and silkier and more unctuous textures to the reds, allowing them to drink earlier, without compromising their ability to age. The domaine is known in Burgundy, among others such as Arlot, DRC, Dujac and Leroy, to regularly vinify using a significant proportion of whole clusters, varying by cuvée and by vintage.


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